Article from: TDM 6 (2019), in Editorial
FDI Moot 2019
On 10 November 2019 at the University of Miami, School of Law, a distinguished panel of Carolyn Lamm, Luis O'Naghten and Cristina Cárdenas determined St Petersburg State University (Russia) to be the Champions of the 2019 FDI Moot's Global Oral Final and recipient of the Skadden, Arps Trophy. The MGIMO University (Russia) team achieved 2nd place.
The tribunal found Nika Vartanova of St Petersburg to have been the Best Advocate of the Final.
The 2019 FDI Moot case involved the Respondent State blocking social media platforms for their alleged part in fomenting civil unrest. The three Claimants alleged expropriation and violation of fair and equitable treatment, while the Respondent objected to the ICSID tribunal's jurisdiction on the basis of its denunciation of the ICSID Convention and the plurality of Claimants. The Respondent also sought to enjoin the Claimants' international media campaign against it while the proceedings were in progress. fdimoot.org/case.php
In the match for 3rd place, Singapore Management University School of Law prevailed over National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) in a hearing before Carlos Concepcion, Silvia Marchili, and Mark Kantor.
The Best Written Submissions
After review of all memorials by six judges each in three rounds, the following were determined to be the best FDI Moot written submissions of 2019.
- 1st Rank: University of Ottawa (Canada)
- 2nd Rank: University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
- 3rd Rank: Paris Bar School (France)
- 1st Rank: Higher School of Economics (Russia)
- 2nd Rank: Saarland University (Germany)
- 3rd Rank: University of Ottawa (Canada)
These memorials are now published on TDM.
Best Damages Memorial:
Global Financial Analytics LLC have awarded a cash prize for the best written arguments on the damages issue in the 2019 FDI Moot case to the Higher School of Economics.
The 2019 Thomas Wälde Award for Best Advocate of the four preliminary rounds went to Peter Knowlton (University of Ottawa, Canada).
Honourable Mention Advocates (in alphabetical order) were:
- Vishakha Choudhary (Saarland University, Germany)
- Lukas da Costa Irion (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
- Mitchell Dorbyk (University of Ottawa, Canada)
- Quinn Giordano (University of Ottawa, Canada)
- Natalia Jaramillo (University of Miami, United States)
- Natalia Kovalkova (St. Petersburg State University, Russia)
- Joy Mvatie (Strathmore University, Kenya)
- Lucia Vilaseca (University of Montevideo, Uruguay)
- Mishael Wambua (Strathmore University, Kenya)
The Manuela Béltran Award for the Best Woman Advocate from a Developing Country (cash prize sponsored by José Manuel Álvarez Zárate) was earned by Joy Mvatie, from Strathmore University (Kenya). It is worth mentioning that after a delayed visa interview in Nairobi and more than 20 hours of travel, Joy landed at Miami International Airport less than two hours before her first hearing started.
The Highest Ranked Teams
The Highest Ranked team of the FDI Moot is determined on the total of each team's four preliminary round oral scores combined wit its claimant and respondent memorial scores. In 2019 this was University of Ottawa (Canada) followed by 2nd Saarland University (Germany), and 3rd Saint Petersburg State University (Russia).
The Highest Ranked team from a developing country, and the recipient the Baker McKenzie cash prize was Strathmore University (Kenya).
Additional details of team and individual performances will go up on http://www.fdimoot.org/.
The 2020 FDI Moot case will be published in January 2020. Next year's FDI Moot Globals will be hosted in 6-9 November in Seoul, Korea by KCAB INTERNATIONAL. We hope to see you there or at one of the Regionals or Nationals!
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